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Doctor insights on: Will Pacemakers Affect Airport Scanners

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Does pacemaker cause any problems with airport metal detectors?

Does pacemaker cause any problems with airport metal detectors?

Yes: You need to be hand screened -- and remember to tell them when you arrive. It will set them off -- and that will just delay you. You will be hand-screened or searched. The microwave technology does not do a good job determining what the pacemaker is, although it is getting better. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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I have a pacemaker and accidently walked through the metal detector at the airport. Could my pacemaker unit be damaged?

I have a pacemaker and accidently walked through the metal detector at the airport. Could my pacemaker unit be damaged?

No.: The metal detector does not affect the functioning of a pacemaker. The only thing that will affect it is a strong magnet, which the metal detectors In the airports don't have. You'll be OK no need to panic. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'sunsafe for a patient with a pacemaker to have an MRI scan?

Can you please tell me why it'sunsafe for a patient with a pacemaker to have an MRI scan?

Arrhythmia: Pacemakers work by electrical impulses and are affected by strong electromagnetic fields. Mris work by strong electromagnetic fields, so having an MRI with an implanted pacer can be life-threatening. There is also a risk of heating of the wires when subjected to the MRI field. ...Read more

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Can someone have a myocardial perfusion scan with a pacemaker?

Can someone have a myocardial perfusion scan with a pacemaker?

Yes: Yes, patients with implanted pacemakers have nuclear stress tests/myocardial perfusion scans. The EKG portion of the test will reflect the pacemaker (and likely a left bundle branch block) but reversible ischemia can still be detected in the scans. ...Read more

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How long following a myocardial perfusion scan should I wait before visiting a person with a pacemaker?

How long following a myocardial perfusion scan should I wait before visiting a person with a pacemaker?

Immediately: There are no contraindications to visiting a person with a pacemaker after you had a nuclear stress test. You can visit them anytime as the radiation does not effect the pacemaker. ...Read more

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My mother inlaw just had a CT scan, small lacunar infarct left basal ganglia, (this was in the email to her) what does she have? Early 60's. Pacemaker, she hasn't had a follow up yet. I am quite sure she hasn't had any weakness on one side. She has be

My mother inlaw just had a CT scan, small lacunar infarct left basal ganglia, (this was in the email to her) what does she have? Early 60's. Pacemaker, she hasn't had a follow up yet. I am quite sure she hasn't had any weakness on one side. She has be

I: I don't know if you can relate he symptoms to the ct findings. She's had a small stroke and until it's determines why that happened, she's at significant risk for another, possibly devistating one. Once all of her risks have been addresses and dealt with by her doctor, the chances for a normal life will be much better. It is possible this was an incidental finding, in which case she's a very lucky lady. ...Read more

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51 yr old brother had pacemaker implanted after 6 fainting-flatlining episodes. Mri/ct scan showed brain/heart not the problem. Why is this happening

51 yr old brother had pacemaker implanted after 6 fainting-flatlining episodes. Mri/ct scan showed brain/heart not the problem. Why is this happening

Not sure.: Pacemakers not implanted without very specific indication. Mri/ct scanning is not expected to demonstrate any abnormality for fainting or flatlining. Ask electrophysiologist and interventional cardiologist who implanted the device. Your brother should no longer have fainting after implant. Continued symptoms suggest another cause....Seizure? Psychiatric? ...Read more

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What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

It Varies: In a study from 2005, during the first four years, the cumulative cost for a patient with a dual-chamber pacemaker was $27, 441. This price did not distinguish between what was patient costs vs. Insurance costs. ...Read more

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Haven't felt well for about a week so had a pacemaker check this evening it showed 40 diff af alerts in 7 days given antibiotics should I be worried?

Haven't felt well for about a week so had a pacemaker check this evening it showed 40 diff af alerts in 7 days given antibiotics should I be worried?

Atrial fibrillation: What kind of antibiotics you are taking? A little-known fact is macrolides (clarithromycin and Erythromycin and azithromycin) can increase the risk for serious irregular heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death. In the nejm study, researchers analyzed data from more than 500, 000 medicaid patients. Patients who took Azithromycin and levoquin were at risk. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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White string coming out of incision? I had a pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago. They didn't put stitches in, they just glued it shut. Today, I noticed a little piece of what I thought was glue, so I pulled on it trying to get it off. Then I realized it w

White string coming out of incision? I had a pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago. They didn't put stitches in, they just glued it shut. Today, I noticed a little piece of what I thought was glue, so I pulled on it trying to get it off. Then I realized it w

It's: It's most likely the end of a stitch that was put in under the skin. Keep it clean and get back in to see your doctor as soon as you can. You could also put some neosporin or other triple antibiotic gel on it and cover it with a bandage until you see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can't I do after I get the pacemaker?

What can't I do after I get the pacemaker?

Back to normal: After a pacemaker, you can do pretty much most things. It also depends if you have any other heart problems and how healthy you are otherwise. ...Read more

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What should I do if I need a pacemaker but I don't have insurance?

Talk with your dr: Perhaps you can discuss it with your doctor and make some financial arrangements -- and get the pacemaker. ...Read more

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Is it true that you can't use a microwave when you have a pacemaker?

No: As we say, "as long as you don't crawl in it, you will be fine". 20 years ago there were issues, but there are no interactions with modern day microwaves and pacemakers ...Read more

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When I get my pacemaker/defibrillator changed. Am I supposed to be awake? The nurse said I won't feel anything but will be able to answer questions.

Sleepy: You'll be given medications that will make you drowsy and take away nervousness (such as versed and fentanyl) but you will be awake enough to answer questions. The pacemaker site will be numbed with local anesthetic so all you might feel after the numbing is a bit of tugging but it shouldn't hurt. If it does you'll be awake enough to tell the nurses who will give you more medications. ...Read more

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I am on flecaidine and diltiazem. Had an ablation for reentrant atrail tachycaria. Would a pacemaker to next if the ablation didn't work?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker isn't really preventive therapy for atrial tachycardia. There is a function called antitachycardia pacing which can sometimes convert an atrial tachycardia back to sinus rhythm and is available in some pacers. This question is best discussed with your electrophysiologist. ...Read more